Infosys, the tech giant which owns a sprawling campus on the Airport road in Hubballi has revealed the reason why they are unable to start operations from its Hubballi unit.
Santosh Nargund, a Civic activist from Hubballi had approached K-tech and KITS (Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society) seeking the reason why Infosys was not starting operations from Hubballi in January 2021.
He had requested KITS to state the reason and extend their support to co-ordinate with Infosys to start operations from Hubballi as soon as possible with the help of district management.
Following his letter, KITS had written to Niladri Prasad Mishra, Global head infrastructure of Infosys to start operations from Hubballi assuring full co-operation from K-tech and KITS.
Replying to KITS in a letter, Niladri Prasad Mishra (on 19th March 2021) had stated that they are hindered by Infrastructure challenges regarding Business travel for their operations/expansion.
‘Lack of direct International flights and limited domestic flight options have made it hard for the company to expand/start operations from North Karnataka or Hubballi in particular’ he added.
However, that is not entirely true as Hubballi Airport has direct flight connections with most of the major metros of India including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Delhi (Hindon), Chennai.
‘Hubballi Dharwad region is in the initial stage of attracting IT industries. The entire ecosystem is still in the Nascent stage and yet to develop in the North Karnataka region.’ Mishra added.
KIADB had handed over 43.05 acres of land to Infosys to start IT & ITES industry in 2015. The tech giant had commenced SEZ business operations on 4th June 2018.
The Hubballi unit of Infosys has a capacity of 1400 employees. The sprawling campus is spread over 3,64,000 Sq.ft with all the facilities including the Food court and others.